Saint-Gobain has developed special high-tech mortars for use in 3D printing through its Dutch branch, Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix; and elaborated the printing technology with Witteveen + Bos, a consulting and engineering company. Other partners in this project are construction company Van Wijnen, institutional investor Vesteda, Eindhoven University of Technology and the Municipality of Eindhoven.
“Saint-Gobain 3D printing enables more efficient and sustainable construction. These printed houses use less material and can be built much faster, with more flexibility and customised and renewed designs. The acceleration of this technology opens up new possibilities for construction,” explains Bas Huysmans, chief executive officer of Weber Benelux.
The construction method
The large boulder shape of the house nicely demonstrates the freedom of form that is offered by 3D concrete printing. The 94m² house consists of 24 printed concrete elements, which were printed layer by layer at the printing plant in Eindhoven. The elements were transported by truck to the building site and placed on a foundation. The house was then provided with a roof and frames, and the finishing touches applied. Thanks to the performant insulation, the house is very energy efficient and provides greater comfort for its occupants.
The next houses
This house is part of a programme of five houses that will be built one after the other, so that each new construction can be optimised by learning from the previous ones. To stay updated on the project’s milestones, visit https://www.3dprintedhouse.nl/en.
For more information, visit Saint-Gobain online at https://www.saint-gobain-africa.com/en.
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